|DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: May 5, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
It's a stunning Roman triumph.
Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.
Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.
Combining a seething physicality with enough weary nobility and tightly checked rage for a dozen wronged heroes, (Crowe) provides the movie's vital center of gravity without looming over his co-stars.
Quite a good movie--a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment.
Lacks emotional depth and sweep -- but the movie still delivers the type of rousing, large-scale adventure that marked the best films of its kind
Frequently gory, often talky, almost always watchable, never quite thrilling, Gladiator is a cold and big film that mixes solid acting with cheesy digital effects and sweaty action with stultifying chatter.
The fight scenes are dynamic, intricately choreographed, and downright exciting.
What elevates Gladiator to the near-greatness it occasionally achieves is the performance of Russell Crowe as Maximus.
It epitomizes the kind of high-profile bloodshed we now expect to herald the hazy, lazy, blockbuster-fixated days of summer.
Well, it's better than "The Phantom Menace."
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